How to make an amazing Valentine’s Day Embroidery Treat Bag

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machine Embroidered Valentines Day Treat Bags Kiss Me and Awesome is made in the hoop with the ribbon tie. Be Mine is created from an existing runoff design. Awesome shows a raggedy or fringe look.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you’re thinking, “What can I make that’s fun, easy, and precious?” After all, Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest gift-giving, party going, decorating days of the year.

Why? Who can’t resist a little love, a little fun, and chocolate too?

But you don’t want the same old thing someone can buy in a store or online. You want to create something unique from the heart.

Creating an amazing Valentine’s Day embroidery treat bag makes your gift unique.

You can use any machine embroidery design you choose. Plus, you might have everything you need for this project sitting in your crafting room.

Well, minus the treat you’ll put inside.   

You can either create this project from a design already embroidered out or a new design. Plus, I’ll show you how to turn almost any embroidery design into the treat bag holder right in the hoop.

And if that wasn’t enough, this embroidery treat bag looks great as a centerpiece too.

So, let’s get crafting!

Collect your supplies and choose an embroidery design

You’ll have two sections for this project. The treat bag holder which is the embroidery design and the treat bag, which ties to the holder.

Below are links to the three machine embroidery designs I used in this project.

These machine embroidery designs are free for you to use.  They are created by Embroidery Pictures – our embroidery design company.  and include 4 different sizes. We have more designs available in our Etsy Shop too. 

Free Downloadable Project Designs:
Formats: EMB, DST, EXP, JEF, PES, VP3

Supply List:

  • Embroidery Design: Choose a machine embroidery design or one that is already sewn out.
  • Thread colors and types: Use embroidery thread that suits your design. If you have questions about thread types, read about different embroidery thread and there uses.
  • Bobbin Thread: Use either pre-wound or ones you’ve made. White bobbin thread works fine.
  • Backing: Tear-a-way or cut-a-way.
  • Embroidery Machine and tools: Like your hoops, scissors, etc.
  • Fabric for your embroidery design: This project doesn’t include a finished edge. If you want a finished look use material that doesn’t fray such as felt. If you like the unfinished look any fabric will work.
    You can also use a fray able fabric and make a fringe or raggedy edge look. This is explained more in the directions below.
    I used scraps of fabric from our stash for this project.
  • Fabric for holding your treat: A square of material about 8” x 8″ or larger for the treat sack. A larger square means a large treat sack.
    I used lace and tulle from our stash.
  • Ribbon for ties: Use a flat fabric ribbon for the ties. You will need the width of the design plus about 6″ on either side for tying. Avoid plastic ribbon which frays and cuts when embroidered over, and round ribbon which leaves bulges in the design.
  • Treat Bag Closure: Anything that keeps the bag closed such as a rubber band, hair tie, or twist tie.
  • Treats to fill your bag: If the treats are loose wrap them in plastic to keep them fresh. You can put anything in your treat bag such as candy, stickers, erasers, cookies, thread etc. The sky is the limit.
  • Hand Sewing Needle: You’ll need the hand sewing needle for the tie if the embroidery design isn’t created with the tie in the hoop. Use the smallest needle you can with an eye large enough for the ribbon to be threaded
  • (Optional) Glue stick or piece of tape to hold the ribbon in place while the machine starts to sew and tack down the ribbon. 

Making your Valentine’s Day Treat Bag Holder from an Existing Embroidered Out Design

3 steps of using an existing embroidery design, trimming the design, and adding the ribbon

Do you have machine embroidery run outs laying all over your crafting room? I do. After all, it’s always a good idea to do a test run before embroidering on your final project.

Why? Because there are so many different variables in each of your projects. A successful embroidery design sew-out depends upon many things. Such as the design, fabric, backing, bobbin, thread etc.

This means you have gorgeous completed runoff designs waiting for a special project.

Follow these steps to go from design runoff to useful project:

  • Choose your machine embroidery design runoff. I used the large size Be Mine conversational heart from the above downloads.
  • Gently remove the backing from the design without stretching the fabric.
  • Cut around the design leaving between an 1/8 of an inch to a 1/2 of an inch of fabric depending on the look you want.
    If you want a raggedy fringe look snip the fabric towards the design. Do not snip the design itself. Once you’ve cut the fabric, ruffle the fabric edges making the fabric fray.
  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric ribbon about 8.5” to 9” long
  • Using the hand needle – thread a piece of ribbon through the left side of the design, and then the right.
  • Tie a knot in the ribbon so the knot is on the back. Knot the other end of the ribbon so it doesn’t fray. You’ll be tying the ribbon from front to back.

You’ll follow the instructions below for connecting the embroidery design to the bag.

Creating Your Valentine’s Day Treat Bag Holder In The Hoop

If you’re creating the design for this project why not add the ties right in the hoop, while you’re embroidering? The tie will lay across the back of the design with extra ribbon on either side for tying.

Make sure you’re using the smallest hoop possible for your design.  

Let’s get started:

  • Choose the machine embroidery design of your choice. I used the medium Kiss Me and small Awesome Conversational Heart you can download from above free download project designs.
  • Choose the fabric you want to embroider onto. Remember this project does not have finished edges. We used felt for Kiss Me and recycled denim for the Awesome conversational heart.
  • Select your flat fabric ribbon and cut it the length of your design plus about 7” on either side.
  • Hoop your fabric and mark the center of your design.
  • Match the center of the ribbon with the center of the design. Make sure the ribbon is flat and doesn’t move when the machine starts to embroider. If you choose, you can tape the ribbon down or put a dab of glue stick glue at the center point. I use a dab of glue stick glue to hold the ribbon down.
  • Start your embroidery machine on slow until the ribbon is tacked down.
    If you used tape make sure you remove it before the area is stitched over.
    Make sure the ends of the ribbon are not in the embroidery area and cannot get stuck under the hoop.
  • Don’t leave the machine unless you are sure the ties are secure, won’t roll, or get caught anywhere.
  • Once your design finishes unhoop it and gently pull or cut off the backing from the design.
  • Cut around the design leaving between an 1/8 of an inch to a 1/2 of an inch of fabric depending on the look you want.
    If you want a raggedy fringe look snip the fabric towards the design. Do not snip the design itself. Once you’ve cut the fabric, ruffle the fabric edges making the fabric fray.

Making the Bag For Your Treats 

  • Lay the 8” fabric square flat on a hard surface. If you want a bigger treat bag use a bigger square.
  • Place the treats in the middle of the square
  • Gather the sides of the square to the top, and close it with a rubber band, twist tie, or hair tie.
  • Your treat bag is complete.

Connecting the Embroidery Design to the Treat Bag

tying treat bag to embroidery

  • Lay the embroidery design face down on a hard surface with the ties on either side.
  • Place the closed treat bag on the back of the embroidery design.
  • Take one side of the tie and wrap it over the top of the bag and around the bag tie area 1 time. Do this with both sides.
  • Bring both ends of the ties over the back of the bag.
  • Tie the 2 sides together in a knot or bow.

Congratulation you’ve created a Valentine’s Day Treat Bag

You’ll be the hit of the party or gift giving with these custom Valentine’s Day treat bags. You can also use them as a centerpiece at your party.
Plus, you can use any design you choose.

Happy Embroidery!  
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